Egypt: Morsi in talks over powers

The Egyptian President held talks with senior judges on Monday to try to diffuse tensions after he seized new powers.

Egypt’s justice minister says he expects Mohamed Morsi to agree to limit the scope of the powers, but for some protesters, such as the huge crowds seen in Tahrir Square, the only option is a full retraction of the decree.

The president’s decree on Thursday sparked clashes which have seen at least one person killed and around 370 injured.

As Morsi met with judges the funeral of Mohamed Gaber Salah drew huge crowds in the capital. A member of the Youth pro-democracy movement, Salah was fatally wounded by shotgun pellets during clashes with riot police a week earlier.

Morsi’s administration defended his decree as an effort to speed up democratic reforms but his opponents have accused him of acting like a dictator.

A group of lawyers and activists have also challenged Morsi in an administrative court which is due to begin a hearing on December 4.

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